the journey Vancouver

// Rant//

Dear Canada Revenue Agency,

No, I do not live with my mother. No, I cannot relay your message to her. This is none of my business. Regardless of her deafness, she is fully capable of handling her business with you directly. It is not my issue if you have not figured out how you can communicate with her. No, she does not have a TTY, this is an outdated technology that almost nobody uses anymore. Ideally, she would be able to communicate with you in her first language, so you contact her and arrange a time to meet with an interpreter. No, I will not be her interpreter. I’m her daughter, there is no way I can be neutral in this situation.

Another option would be Video Relay Service, and if you could light a fire under the collective asses of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission and let them know you’d like to be able to communicate with your Deaf clients, that’d be great. Cause you know, it’d be awesome if she could just have a phone conversation with you, from the privacy of her own home, in her first language. Without having to depend on me, her daughter. Just like any other Canadian Citizen.

It’s not that I don’t want to do it for her. It’s that I shouldn’t have to. You’re the government and you’re getting in your own way. Figure it out already.

Make Video Relay Services a reality in Canada already. We’re already a decade behind our neighbours to the south. Aren’t you tired of second place? Actually, make that tenth place… or more… who knows how many other countries have set up VRS while I was writing this.

Sigh. 

http://www.avlic.ca/node/286

http://bcvrs.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/CRTC-2013-155-BCVRS-Submission.pdf

ohmyvancouver:

IMG_1404-Edit (by ::Ricardo Quintero::)

latenightjimmy:

Black Simon and Garfunkel: “Get Lucky” 

Your favorite folk-music cover duo is back, and this time they’re taking on Daft Punk. 

(Source: fallontonight)

hitrecordjoe:

The best #Beatles cover I ever did see is by a baby :o) 

Adorbs.

Why Society Still Needs Feminism

Because to men, a key is a device to open something. For women, it’s a weapon we hold between our fingers when we’re walking alone at night.

Because the biggest insult for a guy is to be called a “pussy,” a “little bitch” or a “girl.” From here on out, being called a “pussy” is an effing badge of honor.

Because last month, my politics professor asked the class if women should have equal representation in the Supreme Court, and only three out of 42 people raised their hands.

Because rape jokes are still a thing.

Because despite being equally broke college kids, guys are still expected to pay for dates, drinks and flowers.

Because as a legit student group, Campus Fellowship does not allow women to lead anything involving men. Look, I know Eve was dumb about the whole apple and snake thing, but I think we can agree having a vagina does not directly impact your ability to lead a
college organization.

Because it’s assumed that if you are nice to a girl, she owes you sex — therefore, if she turns you down, she’s a bitch who’s put you in the “friend zone.” Sorry, bro, women are not machines you put kindness coins into until sex falls out.

Because only 29 percent of American women identify as feminist, and in the words of author Caitlin Moran, “What part of ‘liberation for women’ is not for you? Is it freedom to vote? The right not to be owned by the man you marry? The campaign for equal pay? Did all that good shit get on your nerves? Or were you just drunk at the time
of the survey?”

Because when people hear the term feminist, they honestly think of women burning bras. Dude, have you ever bought a bra? No one would burn them because they’re freaking
expensive.

Because Rush Limbaugh.

Because we now have a record number of women in the Senate … which is a measly 20 out of 100. Congrats, USA, we’ve gone up to 78th place for women’s political representation, still below China, Rwanda and Iraq.

Because recently I had a discussion with a couple of well-meaning Drake University guys, and they literally could not fathom how catcalling a woman walking down University Avenue is creepy and sexist.
Could. Not. Fathom.

Because on average, the tenured male professors at Drake make more than the tenured female professors.

Because more people on campus complain about chalked statistics regarding sexual assault than complain about the existence of sexual assault. Priorities? Have them.

Because 138 House Republicans voted against the Violence Against Women Act. All 138 felt it shouldn’t provide support for Native women, LGBT people or immigrant women. I’m kind of confused by this, because I thought LGBT people and women of color were also human beings.
Weird, right?

Because a girl was roofied last semester at a local campus bar, and I heard someone say they think she should have been more careful. Being drugged is her fault, not the fault of the person who put drugs in her drink?

Because Chris Brown beat Rihanna so badly she was hospitalized, yet he still has fans and bestselling songs and a tattoo of an abused woman on his neck.

Because out of 7 billion people on the planet, more than 1 billion women will be raped or beaten in their lifetimes. Women and girls have their clitorises cut out, acid thrown on them and broken bottles shoved up them as an act of war. Every second of every day. Every corner of the Earth.

Because the other day, another friend of mine told me she was raped, and I can no longer count on both my hands the number of friends who have told me they’ve been sexually assaulted. Words can’t express how scared I am that I’m getting used to this.

Because a brief survey of reality will tell you that we do not live in a world that values all people equally and that sucks in real, very scary ways. Because you know we live in a sexist world when an awesome thing with the name “feminism” has a weird connotation. Because if I have kids someday, I want my son to be able to have emotions and play dress up, and I want my daughter to climb trees and care more about what’s in her head than what’s on it. Because I don’t want her to carry keys between her fingers at night to
protect herself.

Because feminism is for everybody, and this is your official invitation.

Caitlin O’Donnell, Drake University. (via on-another-note)

(via hitrecordjoe)

Do what you want,
for you'll be criticized regardless.
You're damned if you do, damned if you don't.
-Eleanor Roosevelt